Cuyamaca College names new VP of Student Services
EL CAJON – Cuyamaca College has appointed Bri Hays as the next interim vice president of Student Services.
Hays brings to the role more than 17 years of experience in higher education. She most recently served as Cuyamaca’s senior dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Success, and Equity. She began her new position on August 22.
“Bri Hays is an exceptional choice for interim vice president of Student Services,” said Cuyamaca College Interim President Jessica Robinson. “With her background in institutional effectiveness and equity, she brings a data-informed perspective to our student-first team. I have no doubt the student services team and our students will thrive with her leadership.”
In her new role, Hays will oversee a team that administers student support services focused on the entire student experience, from the moment students connect to the campus through outreach to the moment they celebrate their achievements during commencement. She will lead campus-wide initiatives; facilitate collaboration across departments for student programs, events, and activities; promote equity in all student services; and help implement the college’s strategic plan across all student service areas.
"I am excited and grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside an incredible team of student services practitioners,” Hays said. “Cuyamaca has a culture of bringing compassion, care, and innovation to this work, and I am eager to build upon these strengths to help create more streamlined and equitable pathways to completion for our students."
Hays is expected to serve in an interim role at least until June 2023. Beginning this September, Cuyamaca will look to fill her role as senior dean of Institutional Effectiveness, Success, and Equity with an interim appointment.
Before joining Cuyamaca College in 2016, Hays held institutional research and planning positions at San Diego Mesa and San Joaquin Delta colleges. She collaborated with grants and special programs teams, counselors, student affairs team members, and other student services professionals to plan, assess, and improve the student experience. Throughout her career, Hays has focused on student equity, social justice, and organizational development.
Hays holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from California State University, Stanislaus, and a master’s degree in psychology from San Diego State University.
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